With the ongoing and widespread changes in the job and hiring markets, talent acquisition strategies have undergone a fast-paced renaissance. Employer branding, onboarding processes, and company culture have all experienced innovations and process improvements – and many companies have already begun to reap the benefits of these changes.
Women’s Equality Day was originally celebrated in 1971, a year after the historic Women’s Strike for Equality, and then later designated as a holiday in 1972. The Women’s Strike for Equality took place on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment,[i] serving as a meaningful demonstration for the furthering of women’s rights nationally and globally. Since then, Women’s Equality Day has served as a reminder of this strike and the signs of progress it stood for, having also grown to represent modern efforts to push forward progress for women’s rights.
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Millennials and Gen Z, the best-educated generations to date and the first true digital natives, are the largest workforce segment. A 2021 Gallup poll found that the post-1980s cohorts combined comprise 46 percent of the full-time US workforce. The number is expected to keep growing over the years, as the pandemic is pushing thousands of Baby Boomers into early retirement, and all of them will have reached the legal retirement age by the end of this decade. Consequently, emerging professionals will continue to transform the world of work.
Remote work, flexible schedules, and hybrid models have become industry standards overnight, and certain aspects of companies’ business models have been challenged with keeping up.
In particular, the dichotomy of work and life for most remote employees is becoming difficult to distinguish. Without the accommodations of a regular on-site office, workers have spent the past two years redefining and reconstructing the “office.”
By Nancy Coblenz, ActOne Group VP of Marketing
As we are in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month, to some, this might be just a reminder to drink more water, take a day for yourself to recharge, or binge-watch Netflix … but to others, this month represents a personal commitment to self-growth, self-love, and self-care.
When you apply for a job, odds are an AI program will examine your resume before it reaches an actual person. From the point of view of a business or HR professional, it’s easy to see the appeal of AI recruiting – it can parse through resumes at an inhuman rate and reduces human error stemming from assumptions, mental fatigue, and certain types of bias. However, the candidate experience with AI recruiting is much different.
Across all sectors of the global workforce, companies have seen noticeable increases in terms of employees’ mental health concerns. As a result of the many societal changes brought on by the pandemic, workers are struggling to adapt to bigger workloads, a stifled work-life balance, and new occupational priorities.
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In the current work landscape, remote and hybrid work have proven that they’re here to stay. According to the Pew Research Center, out of the employees performing work that can be done remotely, 59 percent are currently working fully remote. While hybrid models have come with significant benefits for both employers and employees, they’ve also come with their share of negative impacts – particularly on workforces’ mental and emotional well-being.
While 2021 was characterized by resignations and worker shortages, 2022 will be defined by a large-scale return to the workforce. Employers will have to be attentive to market changes and candidates’ desires to ensure they’re sourcing ideal, highly skilled talent for their roles.
On World Health Day, we reflect on human wellness and the environmental factors being negatively impacted by our work, transport, and everyday activities, and look inward to determine ways we can reduce and undo the damage. By reflecting on our past and present actions, we can work together towards a better, healthier future for humanity and our planet.